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Program Participants
The following are the people that have informed us that they intend to be on one or more programming events at this year's capclave. The list will be updated as people's schedules are finalized.
Scott H. Andrews Ron Garner James Morrow Ian Randal Strock
John Ashmead Carolyn Ives Gilman Kathryn Morrow Cecilia Tan
Kate Baker Bjorn Hasseler Sherin Nicole Michael A. Ventrella
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen Inge Heyer Sarah Pinsker David Walton
Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry Thomas Holtz Lawrence M. Schoen Jean Marie Ward
Brenda W. Clough Victoria Janssen Darrell Schweitzer Lawrence Watt-Evans
Meriah Lysistrata Crawford Annette Klause Alex Shvartsman Christopher Weuve
Leah Cypess Barbara Krasnoff Hildy Silverman Fran Wilde
Tom Doyle Edward M. Lerner Jon Skovron A.C. Wise
Scott Edelman Natalie Luhrs Alan Smale Allen L. Wold
Jim Freund Shahid Mahmud Bud Sparhawk Darcy Wold
Charles E. Gannon Sunny Moraine Janine Spendlove  

Scott H. Andrews
Scott's literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in venues including Weird Tales, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Space and Time and is forthcoming in On Spec. He is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Hugo Award finalist fantasy e-zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which which Locus calls "a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media." Scott lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world.
 
John Ashmead
has BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine.

Currently he is a computer consultant, making sure you get your bills & TV commercials on time (www.ashmeadsoftware.com). No thanks necessary; the work is its own reward.

And he is also finishing up a Ph.D. dissertation, Quantum Time, doing occasional talks at SF conventions, and building a website to help you build interesting maps on the internet. His lifetime goal is to build a really practical time machine."

 
Kate Baker
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 350 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine.

Kate has also read for various other audio venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, Nightmare Magazine, Mash Stories, The Drabblecast and Cast of Wonders.

Kate is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans; her three wonderful children. She is currently working as the Director of Operations for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

 
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published stories in England and America. Her first novel, Claiming Her, was published by Wildside Press in 2003. Her second novel, Reforming Hell, published in 2009, is its sequel and completes the tale, and in 2011, her first mystery, a police procedural, Baby Boy Blue, was published by Wildside Press. She has also published stories and poetry in America and England and is currently working on both a children's book and a mainstream novel. Mattie has also done reviews for The New York Review of Science Fiction, has articles in the nonfiction Neil Gaiman Reader (Wildside Press), and enjoys singing, playing guitar, and performing her own and others' songs. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, author and editor Darrell Schweitzer, and their two literary cats, Tolkien and Lilliput.
 
Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry
Jack Campbell/John Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are The Lost Stars - Imperfect Sword, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier – Steadfast, and The Dragons of Dorcastle. John's works have been published in eleven languages. His short fiction includes works covering time travel, alternate history, space opera, military SF, fantasy, and humor.

John has also written articles on real declassified Cold War plans for US military bases on the Moon, and Liberating the Future: Women in the Early Legion (of Superheroes) in Sequart's Teenagers From the Future. At somewhat erratic intervals he presents his talk on Everything I Needed To Know About Quantum Physics I Learned From The Three Stooges, showing how Stooge skits illustrate principles of quantum physics.

John is a retired US Navy officer, who served in a wide variety of jobs including surface warfare (the ship drivers of the Navy), amphibious warfare, anti-terrorism, intelligence, and some other things that he's not supposed to talk about. Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which He Says Really Happened (but which cannot be verified by any independent sources). This experience has served him well in writing fiction.

He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife "S" and three great kids (all three on the autism spectrum).

 
Brenda W. Clough
Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath(1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel,An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.

Her novel How Like a God, forthcoming from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires.

Her web site is http://www.sff.net/people/Brenda

 
Meriah Lysistrata Crawford
is a writer, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a private investigator. She has also been a horseback riding instructor, library page, programmer, prepress tech, graphic designer, technical editor, software tester, systems analyst, program manager, and has even been paid to put M&Ms;into little baggies for bingo. Meriah's published writing includes short stories about crime, vampires, demons, magic, vengeance, and 1920s conspiracies, as well as a variety of non-fiction work, and a poem about semi-colons. For more information, visit www.mlcrawford.com. Or, if you buy her a glass of port, she'll tell you some of the stories she can't put into writing.
 
Leah Cypess
Leah Cypess is the author of four fantasy novels published by HarperCollins: Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn, And Death Marked. Both Mistwood and Death Swornwere on the Kirkus Best Books for Teens list, and Death Sworn was a Teen Vogue "Most Exciting YA Book" of the year.

Leah has also written numerous short stories, including the Nebula-nominated Nanny's Day (Asimov's Science Fiction, 2012). Her most recent story, a science fiction retelling of Bluebeard, was published at Persistent Visions.

You can find out more about her at www.leahcypess.com

 
Tom Doyle
is the author of a contemporary fantasy series from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In the sequel, The Left-Hand Way, the craftsmen are hunters and hunted in a global race to save humanity from a new occult threat out of America's past.

Tom's collection of short fiction, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories, includes his WSFA Small Press Award and Writers of the Future Award stories. He writes science fiction and fantasy in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. You can find the text and audio of many of his stories on his website.

 
Scott Edelman
Scott Edelman has published more than 85 short stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Twilight Zone, Dark Discoveries, MetaHorror, The Mammoth Book of Monsters, and many others. Upcoming short stories will appear in Analog magazine and the anthology You, Human.

His collection of zombie fiction, What Will Come After, released in 2010, was a finalist for both the Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Memorial Award. His science fiction short stories have been collected in What We Still Talk About. He has been a Bram Stoker Award finalist six times. A collection of zombie novelettes titled Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them will be out soon from Written Backwards Press.

Additionally, Edelman worked for the Syfy Channel for more than thirteen years as editor of Science Fiction Weekly, SCI FI Wire, and Blastr. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which he edited during its entire eight-year run. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor.

http://www.scottedelman.com/
http://twitter.com/#!/scottedelman
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https://www.facebook.com/scott.edelman

 
Jim Freund
Jim Freund has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967, when he began working at New York City's WBAI-FM at age 13. Jim has been sole host of the radio program Hour of the Wolf - - which continues to broadcast weekly - - since 1974. Archives of past episodes of Hour of the Wolf are available on-demand for several weeks after broadcast. A podcast version of new and 'classic' programs is anticipated with bated breath.

Over the years, he has produced myriad radio dramas and lost track long ago of how many interviews and readings he has conducted. He considers himself a specialist in presenting the author’s voice as well as working with professional narrators. His work has been twice nominated for and once was a winner of the Major Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Production.

This past June saw the release of Chatting Science Fiction: Selected Interviews from Hour of the Wolfproduced by Skyboat Media and available through Downpour.com as a CD set and through Audible.com or iTunes as downloads. Highlights include discussions with Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Nalo Hopkinson, Ken Liu, and a dozen more great minds of the fantastic genres.

Jim is also the host for Lightspeed Magazine’s podcast, as well as its Post-Production Editor, a stint which has led him led him astray into the world of editing and producing audiobooks.

Jim is currently Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, now in its 26th season. The series is now available on Livestream, live and on-demand. He has also dabbled in producing for the New York stage -- once with alarming success. He occasionally maintains his Web site at http://hourwolf.com and sporadically tweets as @JimFreund, but for now you’re more likely to encounter him on Facebook.

Jim lives in Brooklyn with writer Barbara Krasnoff and a myriad of stuffed toy penguins.

 
Charles E. Gannon
Dr. Charles E. Gannon's Nebula-nominated novel, Fire With Fire, won the 2014 Compton Crook Award and was a national bestseller. The next volume in this hard sf interstellar epic, Trial By Fire, was an August 2014 title, as was Gannon’s next Ring of Fire collaboration with Eric Flint, 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies. Their 1635: The Papal Stakes, was a Wall Street Journal Best Seller, and their 2014 The Aethers of Mars—a short novel comprised of two braided novellas, one by each author—is the first book in the Steam, Aether, Empire steampunk universe. Gannon’s other work includes the Starfire novel Extremis (w/ Steve White), stories in various shared universes (Honorverse, Man-Kzin, War-World), and novellas in anthologies such as Going Interstellar and magazines such as Analog.

Dr. Gannon won the 2006 ALA Choice Award for Rumors of War and Infernal Machines, was a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). Dr. Gannon, a member of the sf think-tank SIGMA, has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, NRO, and other agencies. His earlier credits include writing/editing games (Traveller, 2300 AD) and film and TV writing and production in NYC. He has appeared in a number of national radio and TV venues, including The Discover Channel's "Curiosity" and NPR.

 
Ron Garner
is an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Mississippi College, and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid reader and writer of science fiction and fantasy, Ron also spends an unreasonable amount of time running and biking. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC. Learn more at www.rthomasgarner.com.
 
Carolyn Ives Gilman
Carolyn Ives Gilman’s latest novel is a space exploration adventure, Dark Orbit. Kirkus Reviews called it “a thoroughly engrossing story with a fast-paced plot, memorable characters, and big ideas…science fiction at its very best.” Her other books include Isles of the Forsaken and Ison of the Isles, a two-book fantasy about culture clash and revolution, and Halfway Human. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Phantom Drift, Bending the Landscape, Interzone, Universe, Full Spectrum, Realms of Fantasy, and others. She has been nominated for the Nebula Award three times and for the Hugo once.

In her professional career, Gilman is a historian and exhibit developer specializing in North American frontier and Native history. She lives in Washington, D.C., and works at the National Museum of the American Indian.

 
Bjorn Hasseler
Bjorn Hasseler found Eric Flint's novel 1632 in a public library. Then he discovered that fans were not just allowed but encouraged to write in the 1632 universe. He has had thirteen stories in The Grantville Gazette (with another appearing soon) and one in the anthology Ring of Fire IV. He works for editor-in-chief Walt Boyes as the managing editor of The Grantville Gazette and stays up way too late trying to hand the next issue in on time. Please, bother him about how to write for the Gazette. Bjorn lives in Laurel, Maryland and is an education coordinator for University of Maryland University College.
 
Inge Heyer
Inge Heyer was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She completed her secondary education there, after which she accepted a scholarship to attend Tenri University in Tenri, Japan, where she followed a life-long dream to study Judo and the Japanese language. After this two-year academic "detour" she decided to follow her interest in astronomy, fueled by watching way too much Star Trek. After moving to the US and obtaining a BA in astronomy and physics at Smith College and an MS in astronomy from the University of Hawaii, Inge worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope in Baltimore for 14 years, then moved back to Hawaii to be the public information officer for the British observatories on Mauna Kea. After receiving her Ph.D. in science education from the University of Wyoming earlier this year, Inge is now back on the East Coast as a visiting assistant professor in the Physics Department of Loyola University Maryland.

And in case you were wondering how the Hubble images got into episodes of Babylon-5 and Star Trek, you're looking at the trouble-maker who instigated this...

 
Thomas Holtz
Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. is Principal Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology in the Department of Geology, University of Maryland. His primary research focus is on the origin, evolution, biology, and behavior of carnivorous dinosaurs, most especially the tyrant dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus rex and kin). In addition to his professional technical publications, he is author of popular audience books on dinosaurs (most especially the 2007 Random House Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages.) Also, he is a frequent consultant and guest for documentaries on dinosaurs, paleontology, and evolution.

He lives with his wife, cats, and bearded dragon in central Prince Georges County, Maryland.

 
Victoria Janssen
Victoria Janssen's most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin Spice. It has pirates and the Island of the Lotus Eaters (or maybe that episode of Star Trek where Spock puffs flowers with Jill Ireland). It's set in the same fantasy universe as her first novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover. The Duchess... subverted a number of romance novel tropes and might be the only Harlequin book ever featuring a sex scene with eunuchs. It's been translated into French, German, and Russian.

Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress, an erotic historical set during World War One, was a finalist for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, and has been translated into Italian. It has lots of accurate period detail, werewolves, and a Zouave on a motorbike. It might also be the first Harlequin book to feature explicit gay sex. A tie-in story, "Under Her Uniform," was published electronically as a Spice Brief in May 2012.

Under her pseudonym, Elspeth Potter, Janssen has sold over thirty short stories, many of them genre. For a full list, please visit her website. She also serves as a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter at victoriajanssen.

 
Annette Klause
Annette Curtis Klause was born in Bristol, England and moved to the United States when she was a teenager. Her first novel The Silver Kiss was inspired by vampire poems she wrote when she was fifteen years old. Annette's other novels are Alien Secrets, Blood and Chocolate, and Freaks: Alive, on the Inside! Blood and Chocolate was turned into a movie by MGM. Her most recent short story, "Elf Blood" appears in Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black.

Annette currently lives in the Maryland suburbs with her husband and four cats, where she continues to write and works full time as a children's materials selector for the Montgomery County Public Libraries.

 
Barbara Krasnoff
Barbara Krasnoff has published short stories in over 30 publications, includingAbyss & Apex, Triptych Tales, Mythic Delirium, Space and Time, Crossed Genres, Electric Velocipedeand Apex Magazine, among others. She's contributed to a variety of anthologies, including Clockwork Phoenix 2, 4 and 5, Fat Girl in a Strange Land, Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, Subversion, Menial, Broken Time Blues, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also published the nonfiction YA book Robots: Reel to Real. She is currently working on a collection of related short stories entitled Lost Connections.

When Barbara isn't making a living as Sr. Reviews Editor for Computerworld, she's hanging out with the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa or in Brooklyn, NY with her partner Jim Freund. And for fun, each weekday she publishes a captioned photo that is part of a series she calls Backstories

 
Edward M. Lerner
Hugo Award-nominated author Edward M. Lerner worked in high tech and aerospace for thirty years as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Since 2004 Lerner has written full-time. His meticulously researched novels include near-future technothrillers like Fools' Experiments(artificial life and artificial intelligence), Small Miracles (medical nanotech), and Energized (solar power satellites and near-Earth space exploitation), as well as traditional SF like his InterstellarNet series (SETI, First Contact, interstellar communications networks, and alien conflict). He also wrote, with NYT best-selling author Larry Niven, the acclaimed space epic Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels. Lerner’s 2015 novel, InterstellarNet: Enigma, won the inaugural Canopus Award for interstellar-travel-themed fiction. Space epic Dark Secret, his latest novel, was released in August 2016.

His short fiction has appeared in anthologies, collections, and major SF magazines. He also writes science and technology articles, most notably his long-running "The Science Behind the Fiction" series in Analog.

 
Natalie Luhrs
Natalie Luhrs writes essays and criticism at Pretty Terrible (http://www.pretty-terrible.com) and was previously the science fiction and fantasy reviewer for RT Book Reviews. She dabbles in writing speculative fiction and poetry, but non-fiction is her bread and butter. She’s known for her coverage of various issues within the science fiction and fantasy community and can be found on Twitter as @eilatan. She is also a co-founder of the intersectional feminist geek blog The Bias http://www.thebias.com
 
Shahid Mahmud
 
 
Sunny Moraine
Sunny Moraine's short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Apex, among many other places. Their work has also appeared in the anthologies We See a Different Frontier and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. They are responsible for the novels Line and Orbit (co-written with Lisa Soem) and the Casting the Bones trilogy, as well as Labyrinthian (coming January 2015).

In additional to occasional authoring, Sunny is a doctoral candidate in sociology and a college instructor; that last may or may not have been a good move on the part of their department. Their academic alter-ego is a regular contributor to Cyborgology, concerning technology and politics and fiction and reality and lots of other things. They can also be found making words at sunnymoraine.com and on Twitter as @dynamicsymmetry.

 
James Morrow
James Morrow has been writing fiction ever since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated "The Story of the Dog Family" to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author's private archives.

Upon reaching adulthood, Jim proceeded to write ten novels, most of them in a satiric-theological mode, including Only Begotten Daughter (World Fantasy Award), Towing Jehovah (World Fantasy Award), Blameless in Abaddon (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), The Last Witchfinder (called "provocative book-club bait" and "an inventive feat" by Janet Maslin), The Philosopher's Apprentice ("an ingenious riff on Frankenstein" according to NPR), and Galápagos Regained (called "one of the most utterly strange and enjoyable mock-heroic quests of recent years" by the Chicago Tribune).

Jim's stand-alone novellas include City of Truth (Nebula Award), Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Sturgeon Memorial Award), The Madonna and the Starship, and—coming next year from Tachyon—The Asylum of Dr. Caligari.

 
Kathryn Morrow
edited The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent with her husband James Morrow. The two of them were recently nominated for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's inaugural Last Drink Bird Head Award in the International Activism category.
 
Sherin Nicole
Sherin Nicole is often called a “chic geek.” By day, she’s an agent provocateur as Creative Director/Chief Marketing Officer for idobi Network—lending her imagination to every aspect of the business. She heads up all things creative, managing the brand and editorial, in addition to establishing strategic partnerships, mentoring young writers, and assisting in the creation of new programming. Her work in the field of creativity even caught the attention of USA Today Modern Woman last year.

Sherin is the creator and proud producer of Geek Girl Riot, a rowdy new podcast/show that’s tailor-made by geek girls for geeks and nerds alike. In addition, Sherin also hosts the Fantastic Forum video and radio series.

Formerly a paranormal romance writer under two pseudonyms, Sherin has published three novels and several novellas; her short story The Truth or Something Beautiful in the Bloody Fabulous anthology is her personal favorite. By night you’ll now find her exploring writing for TV, film, and comics. Her love of literature doesn’t just stop with the written word—she still designs book covers from time to time.

Culturally, Sherin is half American, half British and very southern; right down to the accent and love of grits. In those rare spare moments, she escapes into the arts, good books, international cinema, and travel. Government reports show a residence in DC but she spends most of her time on the astral plane and hopes to meet you there.

 
Sarah Pinsker
Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2015 Nebula Award winning novelette Our Lady of the Open Road. Her novelette In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind was the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and dog. She can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and twitter.com/sarahpinsker.
 
Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and analytics for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities.

He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, having championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. In addition, he's the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at serving the niche of up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas. And too, he performs occasionally as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues.

In 2007, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story in 2010, WSFS nominations in in 2012 and 2013, and Nebula Award nominations for Best Novella in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and for Best Novel in 2016. He won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel in 2016. Some of his most popular writing deals with the ongoing adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist named the Amazing Conroy and his animal companion Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. His latest work is a very different kind of book, an anthropomorphic SF novel that explores prophecy, intolerance, political betrayal, and a drug that lets you talk to the dead.

Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker

 
Darrell Schweitzer
is the author of The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, and The Mask of the Sorcerer, in addition to about 275 published short stories. His credits include Interzone, Twilight Zone, Postscripts, Night Cry, Amazing, Fantastic, Galaxy, and numerous anthologies. He is the author of books about Lord Dunsany and HP Lovecraft, an essayist, poet, one of the few ever to rhyme "Cthulhu" in a limerick and live to tell about it. He is also a long-time attendee of DC area conventions and can tell you old Disclave stories.
 
Alex Shvartsman
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, anthologist, translator, and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. His short stories have appeared in The Journal of Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and a variety of other magazines and anthologies. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy as well as Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic.
 
Hildy Silverman
Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a fify-year-old magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is also the author of several works of short fiction, including The Darren (2009,Witch Way to the Mall?, Friesner, ed.), Sappy Meals (2010, Fangs for the Mammaries, Friesner, ed.), Black Market Magic (2012, Apocalypse 13, Raetz, ed.), The Bionic Mermaid Returns (2014, With Great Power, French, ed.), Tweets of the Damned (2015, Sha'Daa Facets, McKeown, ed), and The Great Chasm (2016, Alternate States of the Union, Hauman, ed). In 2013, she was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award for her story, The Six Million Dollar Mermaid (Mermaids 13, French, ed.). In the "real" world, she is a Digital Marketing Communications Specialist at Sivantos, Inc. For more about Space and Time, please visit www.spaceandtimemagazine.com.
 
Jon Skovron
Jon Skovron is the author of several Young Adult fantasy novels, including Misfit, Man Made Boy and This Broken Wondrous World. His first adult fantasy series, The Empire of Storms, began last June with the release of Hope and Red, published by Orbit Books. The Barnes and Noble SF&F blog said "Skovron’s briskly-paced story doesn’t skimp on the world-building—and thank goodness, because it’s quite a world", and author Sam Sykes described it as "Furious where it needs to be, deceptively tender where it can get away with it, adventurous all around." The second book in the series, Bane and Shadow, will be out February 2017.

Jon's short stories have appeared in publications like ChiZine and Baen's Universe, and more recently in anthologies such as Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins, and GRIM from Harlequin Teen. He lives with his two sons and two cats just outside Washington DC, where he hosts a regular writing discussion series at the Arlington Public Library. His website is jonskovron.com. Subscribe to his newsletter at tinyletter.com/skovron

 
Alan Smale
Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, science fiction and fantasy. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles”, won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and his debut novel set in the same universe, Clash of Eagles, was published by Random House/Del Rey in 2015. The series continues with Eagle in Exile (2016) and will conclude with Eagle and Empire (2017). Alan has sold 40 short stories to Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Abyss & Apex, and numerous other magazines and original anthologies, and his non-fiction science pieces about terraforming and killer asteroids have appeared in Lightspeed.

Alan grew up in England, and has degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from Oxford University. He currently performs research on black holes and neutron stars at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and serves as director of an astrophysics data archive. In what is jokingly called his “spare time” Alan also sings bass for high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella. Check out his Web site at http://www.alansmale.com, or follow him on Facebook/AlanSmale or Twitter/@AlanSmale.
 
Bud Sparhawk
Bud Sparhawk’s novel Shattered Dreams will be released next May at Balticon from eSpec Books. His latest novel, Distant Seas is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook. He has a mass market paperback novel: Vixen and two print collections: Sam Boone: Front To Back and Dancing With Dragons. He has three e-Novels available through Amazon and other channels.

Bud has been a three-time novella finalist for the Nebula award and has appeared in two Year’s Best anthologies: Year’s Best Sf #11 (EOS, ISBN-13:978-0-06-087341-7l, David Harwell-Editor) and The Years Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, (St Martins Press, Garner Dozois – Editor.)

Bud’s short stories have appeared frequently in Analog Fact/Fiction, less so in Asimov’s, as well as in six Defending the Future and other anthologies, publications and audio books. He has put out several collections of some of his published works in ebook format. A complete complete bibliography can be found at: http://budsparhawk.com. Bud also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at http://budsparhawk.blogspot.com.

 
Janine Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena’s Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse, and is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel.
 
Ian Randal Strock
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books, as well as a freelance editor and writer. His fiction has appeared in Nature and Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and Random House published his first book, the nonfiction The Presidential Book of Lists, in 2008. In 2016, Carrel Books published his two related volumes, Ranking the First Ladies and Ranking the Vice Presidents. He previously edited and published Artemis Magazine, was the news editor of Science Fiction Chronicle, and got his start in science fiction as the associate editor of Analog and Asimov's sf magazines. Outside of publishing, he's worked as a tour guide, a teacher, a stock trader, and is a serial entrepreneur.

His web site is www.IanRandalStrock.com.

 
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Michael A. Ventrella
Michael A. Ventrella's third novel Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President follows Arch Enemies and The Axes of Evil. He edits the Tales of Fortannis fantasy series, and his short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Dreamers in Hell, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives, Rum and Runestones, and Twisted Tails. Early next year will find the new anthology series Baker Street Irregulars, co-edited with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. Michael founded and runs Alliance LARP, one of the largest fantasy medieval live action role-playing groups in North America. He founded Animato magazine and has been quoted as an animation expert in numerous books and magazines. Authors, editors, and agents are interviewed on the blog at his web page. In his spare time, he is a lawyer.
 
David Walton
David Walton is a native of Philadelphia and recipient of the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Terminal Mind. His latest books, Superposition and Supersymmetry, are quantum physics murder mysteries that will bend your mind into new and interesting shapes. He is also the author of Quintessence, a science fantasy in which the Earth is really flat, and its sequel, Quintessence Sky. David lives a double life as an engineer in the aerospace industry and is the father of seven children.
 
Jean Marie Ward
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including art books, novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist With Nine You Get Vanyr, and short stories such as the 2011 WSFA Small Press Award finalist "Lord Bai's Discovery"), and "Personal Demons" in the award-winning anthology Hellebore & Rue. She edited the web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years and now writes for other online venues, including Buzzy Mag.
 
Lawrence Watt-Evans
is the author of about fifty novels and more than a hundred short stories, most of them fantasy, science fiction, or horror. He won a short story Hugo for "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers," but is probably best known for his novel Dragon Weather, and the Ethshar fantasy series. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland. Check out his website at http://www.watt-evans.com/index.html
 
Christopher Weuve
Christopher Weuve is a professional naval analyst and wargame designer. He spent the first few years of the 21st century at the Center for Naval Analyses (he notes the Combat Information Center of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer would make an excellent starship bridge), and then spent five years on the research faculty of the US Naval War College, specializing in the use of wargaming as a research tool. Outside the day job, he was the “military expert” for the Discovery Channel’s “Curiosity (Alien Invasion)” show, and is (to the best of his knowledge) the only person ever interviewed by the journal Foreign Policy about science fiction warships. A member of BuNine, he was an editor for “House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion,” in which he also co-authored (with David Weber) the “Building a Navy” chapter. An avid science fiction fan since before he was old enough to read, he spends his time pondering the differences between Real-World(tm) naval warfare and how similar subjects are represented in science fiction
 
Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde is an author and technology consultant. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her interview series Cooking the Books--about the intersection between food and fiction--has appeared at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and on her website.

Fran's first novel is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan in 2015. You can find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook.

 
A.C. Wise
A.C. Wise's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Uncanny, Shimmer, and Tor.com, among other places. Her collections, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, are both available from Lethe Press. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly review column to Apex Magazine. Find her online at www.acwise.net.
 
Allen L. Wold
Allen L. Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated fron Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when his daughter, Darcy, went off to college, also at Pomona.

He has published nine novels, several short stories, five non-fiction books on computers, and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).

Currently, Allen has an epic heroic fantasy (3000 pages, 800,000 words) with an editor; a vampire (no twinklies) in submission, a bizarre haunted house story that is far too long, a haunted village story, also too long, and other projects in hand.

Allen has been running his version of a writer's workshop at various conventions for nearly thirty years, and a plotting panel, which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.

 
Darcy Wold
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She is an editor and metadata curator for CDISC, a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange. Her focus is in technical communication, copyright, accessibility, and bridging the gap between web and print mediums.

In her free time, Darcy works with fractals and makes abstracts and fantasy 'scapes. She also designs animated web ads for her chorus, and the occasional book cover for her father.

 

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